CLIC Chinese Immersion Evenings

About the CLIC Program

(Culture and Language Integration in Chinese and English)

TandemPlus and the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) at the University of Minnesota joined forces to start a Culture and Language Integration in Chinese and English (CLIC) program in Fall 2017. In this program, we coordinate and conduct FREE weekly 90-minute conversation sessions for Twin Cities American high school students who graduated from Chinese immersion schools and international students from China. We organize those two groups of students and turn each group’s native language to the other group’s resources. Participating students are very enthusiastic about this program and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Over the six semesters, more than 320 students have benefited from this program.

In 2019, the University Relations learned about this program and invited Minnesota Public Radio to visit it. MPR then sent a reporter and a photographer to our conversation session and interviewed the coordinator and instructor, some students, and parents/chaperons. The program aired on December 2, 2019 in NPR’s Morning Edition.


This program is for Chinese immersion school graduates who are current students of 9-12
grades, and for International students who speak Chinese (Mandarin) natively at the University of Minnesota who are registered with TandemPlus.


Session Time, Location, and Contents


This program organizes American high school students who attended Chinese immersion schools for 6-8 years and UMN students from China, and coordinates weekly 90-minute conversation sessions, with 45-minutes in Chinese, and 45-minutes in English. The purpose is for both groups of students to maintain and improve the proficiency level of their target language. We have developed twenty-two themes, with one theme for each session. On each theme, we have created around ten questions for students to discuss in-depth various aspects of the theme. This is an on-going program that started in Fall 2017 and have moved online on the Zoom platform since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note: In Fall 2020, all the conversation sessions in this program will be online. No session will take place in-person on the UMN campus.

Contact Information:

Zhen Zou | Coordinator and Instructor | [email protected] | 651-246-1735 (Cell)